Abstract by Benjamin George
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Perfluorinated Resin for 3D Printing Droplet Microfluidic Devices
The use of 3D printing in creating microfluidic devices has been rapidly advancing in recent years, overtaking traditional fabrication processes. 3D printing offers several distinct advantages over traditional methods: rapid fabrication, rapid prototyping, low cost materials, and the ability to use 3D space more fully. Droplet microfluidics has been one field where it has been harder for 3D printing to take off. This is because optimal droplet microfluidics requires hydrophobic materials, and the materials currently used for 3D printing do not have these qualities. This creates a need for a perfluorinated 3D printing resin. We have tested a variety of fluorinated monomers for use in 3D printing resins and are developing 3D printed devices with enough hydrophobicity to perform droplet microfluidics. These devices will be tested for use in droplet microfluidics. This will allow droplet microfluidics to fully access all the advantages of 3D printing.